Here in the U.K, we aren’t quite as blessed with the number and size of conventions that art and comic fans can enjoy over in the United States. One shining beacon is Thought Bubble. Held annually in Leeds, Yorkshire, Thought Bubble has grown exponentially over the past few years and has recently seen a surge in the number of world renowned artists from across the globe who are attending and exhibiting at the convention, including Cult Collective favourite, Jason Edmiston.
Jason was kind enough to spare us some time to have a chat with us about his great year and his attendance at this years Thought Bubble. Read on to find out what we can look forward to seeing from Jason at this years Thought Bubble.
Over the past few years there have been a number of British artists who have found acclaim on the US pop culture art scene. Jock, Olly Moss, Adam Simpson, Matt Ferguson and Matt Taylor, to name a few, have all succeeded across the Atlantic. Much like with comics in the mid 90’s, there seems to be an appetite for our particular breed of artistic talent.
Sussex based illustrator and designer Matt Taylor has a particular eye for Americana inspired illustrations reminiscent of the classic comic book art of the fifties and sixties, which may go some way to explaining his popularity. Last week Matt had another excellent poster released through Mondo for the Oscar nominated Dallas Buyers Club, which was another successful sell out!
Matt kindly took time out to chat to us here at Cult Collective about his inspiration, style and process as well as his thoughts on the UK pop art scene.
Dallas Buyers Club Poster by Matt Taylor.
Your artwork is very bold, colourful and eye catching, What was your inspiration when you were first developing your style?
I’ve been illustrating professionally for about twelve years now, so my current style is an accumulation of the influences that have shaped me as an artist. Early on in my career I was focused on doing very comic book style work – pen and ink outlines and palettes that used every color available. I wasn’t really happy with the kind of work I was doing or the clients I was reaching, so I decided to strip back my work to a simpler and bolder style (influnced by guys like Paul Blow, whose art was very influential to me). I lost the majority of my clients, but I stuck at it because I was so much happier with the work i was doing and slowly the work started to roll back in again. I was looking at lots of screen print artists like The Small Stakes and was really impressed with how much they could do with so little color, and so I tried to emulate that.
If I can i’ll watch the movie and just see what speaks to me the most. Sometimes it will be a specific scene, sometimes more the mood, usually a combination of the two. While I watch i scribble notes and doodle ideas and then it’s just a case of drawing them on the computer to see what’s working best.
Brick – Mondo
Having produced artwork for comic book’s (Image Comic’s Zero), novels ( Penguin’s John leCarre series), gallery pieces, including both Gallery 1988 and Mondo, as well as a number of magazine and editorial illustrations, what would you say is your favourite medium and where would you like to take your artwork next?
I think book covers and movie posters are my favorite mediums to work with, because they usually require a single strong image to work, and they have to sell the idea and the tone imediately to the viewer. I was lucky enough at my last ‘day job’ before i went self employed to work on illustrations that were used on just about everything from drinks cans to snowboards. Honestly i’m just happy to be paid to draw for a living, so i’ll put my art on just about anything that is sent my way. That said, I have really enjoyed my baby steps into comic art and there are definitely more comics on the horizon. I’m aiming to split my time between commercial illustration and comics over the next twelve months.
Are there any in particular movies that you would love to produce a poster or piece of artwork for?
Top of my wish list at the moment would be: Almost Famous, The Brothers Bloom, Planet of the Apes, and Dazed and Confused.
There have recently been a number of British artists breaking through in the states such as yourself, Jock, Olly Moss, Matt Ferguson and Adam Simpson. Being a fellow Brit, what are your thoughts on the UK pop art scene and do you think there is scope for it to become as popular over here as it is in the states with the likes of Mondo and Gallery 1988?
I’m so new to this ‘scene’ that I dont really feel qualified to comment, but there’s definitely a growth in popularity happening. I was at Thought Bubble in Leeds last November and the queue for Olly, Jock and Mondo started the night before the convention and ran around the side of the building they were in, so i think that’s a good indication. Most of the work that i’ve been offered has come from the US, but there are people like 5 Reel Film who are doing some interesting things in the UK, so it will be good to see the scene grow.
Princess Mononoke Inspired screen print produced for Gallery 1988’s Crazy 4 Cult exhibition
So, what’s next on the cards for yourself that you are able to share with us?
More drawing. Most of my time is taken up with illustration jobs – book covers, magazine editorials, etc – but there’s some more things in the pipeline with Mondo (including one which is about my favorite thing i have drawn). I hope everyone else likes it that much too.
One thing is clear, Matt is a focused guy and is passionate about the work that he produces. I have to admit, it would be great to see Matt round out a Rian Johnson trilogy with pieces for both Brothers Bloom & Looper. As a comics reader, it’s also great to see that Matt will steadily be increasing his work in that medium, too.
For more of Matt Taylor’s work and to keep up to date with future projects, check out his Website and drop him a follow on Twitter.
Many artists have a signature style or a series of prints that they regularly release new editions of. Most people aren’t Mike Mitchell. Well known for his ‘Just Like Us’, ‘Supers’, ‘Fat Birds’ and not forgetting his Mondo ‘Potrait’s’, when Mike arrives in the U.K for Thought Bubble this weekend, he has made sure that I will not disappoint fans of any of his different series.
Mike has added to the excitement today with a tease of a ‘Wolverine’ portrait over on his Instagram feed which was later re-tweeted by Justin Ishmael of Mondo with the caption “TB 1/2”.
It looks very likely that this will be Mike’s Mondo piece for the weekend which adds to the rumoured Olly Moss Sightseers as well as the potential of a Jock Halloween variant.
Mike also posted over at his Tumblr blog today a series of photo’s showing some of the other awesome prints he will have available as well as letting on that he will be bringing across a limited number of his older, popular ‘JLU’s’ including Adventure Time.
Mike also posted this very hand pic of where he and the rest of the Mondo squad will be located over the weekend for Thought Bubble in the Allied London Hall. Make sure you have a mosey on over to Mike’s blog to have a gander at what he will have available as well as making sure you follow him on Twitter and Facebook. For more information on drop times, it would probably be a great idea to follow Mondo too!
Today certainly has been a busy day for Thought Bubble announcements. The guys over at Blurppy exclusively revealed some of Art V Cancer’s line up for the festival, including Joshua Budich’s much anticipated follow up to ‘I Love You, I Know’; ‘We’re Doomed’.
To give you a bit of background, Art V Cancer are an art forum who donate profit’s made from the art that they sell to cancer charities. A very worthy cause that is supported by many talented artists. Art V Cancer was set up by Chris Thornley and Julia Hall. Chris is perhaps better know as Raid71, a very talented and established artist who also produces work for Art V Cancer including two new pieces for Thought Bubble.
Head on over to Blurppy for the full article as well as additional release information by the likes of Jay Shaw and Tony Hodgkinson. You can find out more about Art V Cancer by visiting their Website, following them on Twitter or ‘Like’ them of Facebook.
You can also find Raid71 and Joshua Budich on Twitter too! You will be able to find Art V Cancer at this coming weekends Thought Bubble festival at booth 137 in The New Dock Hall. Swing by and grab a great print whilst donating money to a very worthy cause!
With less than a week to go, expectations are high for this years Thought Bubble. Artists are starting to reveal what they have in store for this weekends convention and Glasgow based artist Alan Campbell has just announced that he will have two new exclusive prints available.
Fear not though all you unlucky folk who are unable to attend, for Alan has thought ahead. There will be an online presale of half of the editions for both of these stunning pieces running this coming Tuesday until late Wednesday over at Alan’s online store. Whatever is left over Alan will have available at Thought Bubble.
The pieces are titled ‘The Great Bear Cult’ and ‘Gift Horse’ and they look gorgeous. Alan’s individual style is eye catching and certainly unique.
‘The Great Bear Cult’ is an A3 (11.69″ x 16.53″), 5 Colour screenprint with 4 metalic inks and one split fountain in an edition of 23 priced at £20 ($32).
There will also be a variant which is a rather lovely 2 colour screenprint along with hand painted ink embellishments. This is an edition of 4 and will cost £30.
The Second piece is titled ‘Gift Horse’ Gift Horse and is sized at A4 (11.7″x 8.3″), is a 2 colour screen print, both metallic, with unique printed elements on every print . This edition size will be 20 priced at £15 ($24) each.
If you can’t make Thought Bubble, be sure to head over to Alan’s store tomorrow for the pre sale as well as to check out the other great pieces of art he has available. At Thought Bubble, Alan will be at table 38 in the allied London hall. Make sure you stop by and say hello!
Alan will also shortly have pieces available at Little Ox’s ‘Twenty twenty’ show, which will feature 20 artists with pieces of work ranging from original art, photography and textiles to taxidermy and jewels all priced at £20.
To keep up to date with Alan’s work, you can also follow him on Twitter!
In my hallway I have five framed Mondo posters. Four of which are by Jock. I’m sure that says something. As you may know, Jock will be attending Thought Bubble again this year and as well as potentially having a new Mondo print to release, he has also put together five great Batman letterpresses that will be available individually or as a set.
Yesterday Jock also previewed Instagram the awesome envelope that the brilliant Blush Publishing produced for the set of letterpresses to come packaged in.
The five prints feature a number of Jocks different interpretations of Batman that you may recognise from his work on the Dark Knight Trilogy as well as his Black Mirror and Detective Comics runs.
Last year Olly Moss released the brilliant Silhouettes from Popular Culture, a hardback book comprised of a selection of pieces from his Gallery 1988 Papercuts show. For a while Olly planned to do a special edition of the book and even went as far as showing me a prototype that he had at last years Thought Bubble featuring Peter Venkman of Ghostbusters on the cover.
Well it looks as if Olly has now cracked on and produced that Special Edition. Limited to 250 copies, 50 of which will be available at Thought Bubble this year, this special edition will also feature one very special, individual papercut per copy. Some of these papercuts will even be one of a kinds, much like his original show! Olly has even gone as far to use the same laser cutter as the original pieces.
Take a look at the possible papercuts that may be included that Olly posted over at Expressobeans.
Olly expects the book to cost around £60 and has not yet released information about how else the book will be made available. For more information on that, make sure you follow Olly on Twitter!
Here at Cult Collective we are very proud to announce a world exclusive! Yes, that’s right, our very first EXCLUSIVE announcement. It come’s in the form of the super talented Matt Ferguson’s ‘The World’s Finest’ screen print which was the mystery print that he previously teased that he will have available at this years Thought Bubble festival. Take a look!
Here at Cult Collective we are huge fans of Sheffield based Matt Ferguson, otherwise known as Cakes and Comics,and his previous work includes the original artwork for Marvel’s Phase One box set, pieces for Gallery 1988’s Young Guns show, Hero Complex’s Walking Dead show and plenty of other cool projects that can be found over at his website. ‘He Stole My Balloons’ was my favourite print to come out at NYCC 2013.
Matt continues his winning run with this print that was originally put together for a bit of fun when DC and Warner announced ‘Batman vs Superman’. Due to overwhelmingly popular demand, Matt decided to release the piece as a limited edition screen print, especially for Thought Bubble 2013.
This print looks great and is very clever. Capturing the yin and yang of the two in a stylistic way while simplistically demonstrating the nature of their potential relationship in the upcoming movie.
This is a one of kind 2 colour screen print and there is only 100 of them, so they will be in super high demand. Measuring 18×24 inches, Matt will also be signing and numbering each copy and at only £25, it has to be the bargain of the weekend.
Matt posted on Twitter earlier a few of the other pieces he will have available at Thought Bubble this year, including artist proof copies of the previously mentioned ‘He Stole My Balloons’. Again, this will be a very limited run of 50 and cost £40. His Transformers pieces depicting Megatron and Optimus Prime also feature some pretty snazzy metallic inks. These guys will be available for £30.
On top of that, Matt will also have a great X-men inspired print featuring Phoenix and the Blackbird jet as well as art cards and buttons for free! I have got to admit, Matt has really stepped up to the plate for Thought Bubble this year and I think you would be daft not to at least pop over to his table, number 88 in the Allied London Hall.
Be sure to check out Matt’s website www.CakesandComics.com to see all of his amazing work. Follow him on Twitter where he is currently counting down to next saturdays Dr Who special, Day of the Doctor, with an individual piece of artwork for each day featuring a different Doctor in order of appearance. You can also catch Matt on Facebook, too!
It’s always great to get an email in your inbox that excites you. Especially when it’s one chock full of great art work. Even better when, as a huge Batman fan, that artwork is inspired by Gotham City’s Dark Knight.
Chris Skinner, known professionally as Skinner Creative, is a freelance designer based in Sheffield. Chris works in various formats including design for interactive, broadcast, 2D/3D motion graphics, print & 2D/3D illustration.
Recently Chris has been working on a Batman inspired project titled ‘Project X’. As Chris told Blurppy recently, ‘Project X’ is a Batman inspired motion graphic novel. While Chris continues to work on this project, we are excited to share with you some great, limited edition ‘Project X’ prints that he will have available at Thought Bubble Festival in Leeds this year!
Take a look at them, they are amazing!
I find this project exciting for two reasons. Firstly, Chris has put his own unique spin on the Batman, making him visually different from most iterations we have seen of the Dark Knight previously. This is rarely done nowadays and it is great to see it pulled off so well. Chris told Blurppy about the project;
I have plans to change the Batman suit design quite a bit to put more of my own stamp onto it, some Bat fans will probably not like it but hopefully most will appreciate that it’s not a straight copy.
Secondly, this is a great example of using modern technology to move sequential storytelling and artwork forward. Chris has fully embraced modern technology to give a unique look to a well known character. With ‘Project X’, Chris wants to tell a Batman tale without ever mentioning the Batman, a great way of amplifying the imagery of Batman and the impact of his iconography as well as what he stands for as a symbol. Oh, and also avoiding the wrath of DC Warner.
Chris also recently had pieces on display at Sheffield’s Heroes Exhibition, and its great to see him coming along to Thought Bubble with some more pieces of his work.
As well as his ‘Project X’ prints, Chris will also have prints inspired by 47 Ronin, Transformer and Prometheus that clearly promote Chris’ unique, engaging style.
If you are as impressed as us by Skinner Creative, be sure to head on over to his website, like his Facebook page, follow him on Twitter and pop on over to his table at Thought Bubble in the Allied London Hall, Table 91!
UPDATE: It looks as if our assumption may have been correct. Olly Moss earlier on posted a photograph of his Sightseers print via Instagram. Also, in the background top right, you can see what may be a Mike Mitchell Venom portrait
As we reported a few days back, Olly Moss posted a tease on Expressobeans as to the prints he will be offering at Thought Bubble. At the bottom of that print he mentioned that he would also have a mystery print.
Could that print be for the fantastic Ben Wheatley movie Sightseers?. Well the evidence suggests so. Olly posted this image of some art cards he would have for free and one of those cards is something none of us have seen before.
Bang smack in the middle. Two people holding hands looking across the moors. One of them holding an axe. Kind of similar to this…..
Sightseers for those of you who don’t know is a wonderfully sadistic tale of two outcasts who find love and embark on a caravan tour of the U.K. They visit such exciting venues as the Pencil Museum. Oh, and they murder people. If you haven’t seen it, you really should!
UPDATED; To add a little extra validation to this rumor, a bright spark on Facebook has just reminded me that Drafthouse pictures actually picked up Sightseers for distribution in the US, much like with Four Lions. Everything seems to be coming together!